Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Sherrod Brown

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

This November’s elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Sen. Sherrod Brown from Ohio.

Here are some of the key reasons why Brown is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • Brown opposes trade agreements that negatively impact American manufacturing and he voted against the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other bad deals.

  • He supports steel and aluminum tariffs to protect America’s manufacturers against being undercut by cheap imports from countries that don’t play by the rules.

  • Brown has fought to crack down on currency manipulation, which he argues is effectively an unfair subsidy supporting Chinese manufacturers.

  • He fought to save the U.S. auto industry, protecting hundreds of thousands of jobs in Ohio.

  • Brown has secured millions of dollars to invest in job creation and training for manufacturing and helped create a national network of innovation hubs to boost manufacturing.

  • He has worked to pass legislation that rewards manufacturers and small businesses that hire more employees and invest in job training and retraining.

  • Brown has secured more than $17 million to support job creation and training in Ohio since 2013.

  • He stood with working people in the fight to overturn Ohio’s anti-collective bargaining law.

  • Brown wants to make sure that teachers get the salaries and benefits they deserve for preparing students for the future.

  • He introduced legislation that would repair, renovate and build schools across the country, which would create nearly 2 million jobs.

  • Brown has consistently voted against any attempts to undermine Social Security benefits.

  • He championed legislation to allow Medicare to directly negotiate with insurance companies for lower drug prices.

  • Brown introduced a plan to stabilize pension funds to make sure that promises are kept to retirees.

  • He has introduced and co-sponsored a number of programs to provide veterans with job training and placement services.

  • Brown sponsored legislation that rewards companies that hire veterans and service members. He also launched Solar by Soldiers to help veterans prepare for jobs in the clean energy economy.

  • He co-sponsored an expansion of GI Bill to provide education benefits to post-9/11 veterans.

  • Brown voted to create job training programs that help Ohioans with disabilities get jobs.

  • He has secured more than $2.5 billion to expand broadband and invest in infrastructure in rural areas.

  • Brown supports legislation that protects LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in the workplace, housing and other key areas.

  • He co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act and helped pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

  • Brown voted to give workers more paid family, medical and sick leave.

  • He will fight to close the gender wage gap.

  • Brown wants to make the minimum wage a living wage.

  • He frequently works in a bipartisan manner to get results; and in the current Congress, he ranks fourth in terms of senators who have passed the most laws, despite serving in the minority.

To learn more about Brown, visit his website.

Kenneth Quinnell
Tue, 10/30/2018 – 12:33

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Updated: November 2, 2018 — 2:04 pm